And if you’re out there in Dubai on a sunny winter break – then you are in for a real treat. Because a Christmas spent in Dubai is really magical – with the festive trees, lights, gifts all done in a bigger and better manner.
It’s important to plan your days during the Christmas holidays in Dubai, as before you know it, you’ll be in January 2018, and your holidays will be over. So, make the most of your time off work this December and try attending some of these fabulous events and activities over the Christmas break.
Festive Market in Dubai brings fun for the young and those young at heart
Visit Madinat Jumeirah’s Festive Market, which is still running up to Wednesday 27 and enjoy festive inspired activities for the whole family. From a snow fight zone to bungee jumping, there is something for all ages to enjoy here. While the kids are having fun, and taking in the spirit of the festive season – as they will be visited by Santa Claus between 5pm and 7pm everyday – parents can enjoy a Christmas drink and snack.
Open until Dec 27, Sun-Wed from 3pm, Thu-Sat noon until late. Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, Umm Suqeim
Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel provides some fabulous Christmas grub in Dubai
Christmas day done in style - It’s all about the distinct and memorable moments with nearest and dearest at Nomad. You’ll find turkey stations and a tender carvery to mouth-watering Christmas desserts, everyone’s festive preferences will be available.
Expect the live band to be as good as ever, getting everyone up and singing. The kid’s activities will keep them occupied whilst you enjoy the meal and the atmosphere in peace.
Attend on Monday Dec 25: Christmas brunch, Dhs550 per person (including house beverages), Dhs330 per person (including soft drinks), Dhs175 (kids aged four to 12), free kids under four. 1pm-4pm.
Fresh faced for New Years by attending The Spa at Four Seasons, Detox after Christmas indulgence
Head to the spa to look your absolute glam for when the New Year’s Eve parties arrive. If you’re feeling the effects of the year, over-eating, the weather and general life affecting you (and showing on your face), then ask for their fabulous collagen-infused facial which will sort you out nicely for the party season. It includes a pure collagen eye mask to leave you fresh faced to face anything the new year throws at you.
Dhs695 (offered until Jan 31) Open daily 9am-10pm. Four Seasons DIFC (04 506 0000).
Don’t miss out on the boxing day sales in Dubai
The Dubai Shopping Festival begins on December 26, running all the way until January 28. It’s safe to say that you can expect sales in all the malls. Extra-large discounts will be offered and therefore arriving early to bag that key bargain is important for the serious bargain hunter. Also remember that the malls get super busy after 12.00pm.
Or head to the Christmas market on December 26th
If you’re feeling a little blue on boxing day after an epic Christmas, then the vibe can still be found at the free Christmas Market at The Versailles Garden at the St Regis. It’s open until December 31, from 5pm to 9pm on weeknights, or 3pm to 9pm on weekends. You’ll find a Santa’s Grotto, shopping, a hops garden, a Christmas stage with live entertainment, a snow fight zone (cool), a merry-go-round, Christmas cookie decorating stations and more.
If you can’t wait until New Years’ Eve to see the fireworks in Dubai…
If you’re itching to see the night sky light up before 31st of December, then head to the because there The Beach opposite JBR on 28th December, for the duration of the Shopping Festival (which finishes at the end of January).
The Beach opposite JBR, 8pm, free. More info on website.
Koubba Bar for the best firework display in Dubai
A popular location to watch one of the world’s best New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, the elaborately adorned Koubba Bar is snuggled within the majestic Jumeirah Al Qasr hotel. With indoor and outdoor seating, a shisha-terrace and DJs to get the party going, this venue will host an unbelievable finale. Over 21s only.
Dhs995 including the drinks and canapes – attend on Sun Dec 31, 8pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim.